Fawcetts defeat Sooke, B.C., at fast pitch nationals

Jason Malloy
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The Charlottetown John Brown Grille Fawcetts have a medal and two days to determine its colour.

The Fawcetts defeated the Sooke Loggers from British Columbia 6-3 Friday in a double-life game at the Canadian senior men’s fast pitch championship in Charlottetown. They will play the two-time defending champion 3 Cheers Pub today at 2:30 p.m. with a berth in Sunday’s final on the line.

Third baseman Chris Craig said the goal at the beginning of the week was to get into the double life game on Friday and win it.

“Now, we’re looking for gold,” he said. “One more win puts us right to the final.”

Jeff Ellsworth was key for the host team on Friday going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs.

“Ellsie’s clutch. He’s the best hitter on the planet right now,” said teammate Mark Johnson. “It seems whenever there’s a big spot in the game and he’s coming up, you know he’s going to get a hit.”

The centre-fielder also threw out two runners, including Chad Bryden at the plate for the final out of the sixth inning with the Loggers rallying.

“Those throws coming in were strikes,” said Johnson, who caught Friday’s game. “Those are huge turning points in the game and those are big outs for us.”

Don Scott was perfect through four innings before a Blake Hunter single in the top of the fifth. Shortstop Brandon Horn went deep into the hole and made it close at first base.

Scott allowed three runs on three hits, walked two and struck out 13.

“He was really hitting his spots,” Johnson said of Scott. “Donnie is a gamer. He has a huge heart and he knows what that game meant . . . He brought his best stuff tonight.”

The game was scoreless through two innings with both Scott and Sooke’s Tyson Barkman in command.

With two outs in the top of the third right-fielder Tyler Doucette hit a single to left field. It was the first of four straight singles and led to four runs in the inning for the host team and knocked Barkman from the contest.

“That was the game right there,” Craig said of Doucette’s hit. “A huge two-out rally. That was the biggest hit of the tournament by far.”

Horn and Johnson each had two hits and an RBI while Jamie MacDonald and Craig also had hits.

Bryden and Brian Banner each had a hit and drove in a run.

It was the Fawcetts’ first win in a night game in four attempts.

3 Cheers Pub defeated the Fawcetts 8-6 on Tuesday night in the preliminary round.

The defending champs cashed their ticket to the final with a 7-0 victory over Kelly’s Pub in an all-Newfoundland and Labrador game.

Sean Cleary threw a three-hitter and struck out 13 for the win. Robbie Greene was tagged with the loss after giving up five runs on five hits in 2 2/3 innings.

“The boys came out . . . flat to start the game and Robbie Greene was shutting us down,” said 3 Cheers Pub head coach John Hill.

The sticks came alive with six runs in the third inning. Ryan Boland had a three-run shot with 3 Cheers Pub up 2-0.

“It was huge shot,” Hill said. “The three-run shot gave us a nice cushion in the ball game.”

Right-fielder Jason Hill was carried off the field and taken to the hospital with a leg injury. The head coach said it didn’t look good, and he expected his player would be done for the tournament.

“It’s going to hurt,” he said. “But we have a good ball team.”

Shane Boland and Ryan Boland each had three hits and combined to drive in five runs.

Bryan Abrey led Kelly’s Pub with two hits.

 

Winners

Awards were presented Friday for preliminary play. The winners were:

All-star team

P – Sean Whitten, 3 Cheers Pub

C – Ryan Boland, 3 Cheers Pub

1B – Blake Hunter, Sooke

2B – Justin Gill, 3 Cheers Pub

SS – Joel Langford, East Hants

3B – Mark Lewis, Kelly’s Pub

OF – Stephen Strapp, Kelly’s Pub

OF – Mathieu Roy, Quebec

OF – Jeff Ellsworth, Fawcetts

Utility – Mark Johnson, Fawcetts

Top Pitcher – Justin Schofield, East Hants.

Top Hitters – Ellsworth, Lewis, Sooke’s Kris Walushka.

MVP – Jason Hill, 3 Cheers Pub.

 

Masters

The three-team masters tournament got underway with the Rusty Jiggers from Ontario sweeping games with the host Coors Light Masters 12-1 and 10-1.

Glenn Dorrington and Bill Carson were the winning pitchers and Mike Bishop and Jeff MacLeod took the losses. Both games were called in the fifth due to the mercy rule.

Rob McAtee had the host side’s lone hit in the opener. Joey Smith and Derrick Morrison had hits in the second contest. The host Coors team plays the Cardinals, from Nova Scotia, today at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m.

Geographic location: Sooke, Charlottetown

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